Hi, I need some long-term advice about my wisteria. We moved into our house last fall, and it came with a wisteria vine on the wrought iron front railing. I assume it is a Chinese or Japanese wisteria rather than the less-aggressive American kind. I think it’s fairly young (maybe 5 years?), and did not flower this year, although that’s not my primary concern.
The vine is fairly aggressive–keeps sending feelers toward the front door, and whenever I prune it back it quickly sends out a dozen more shoots in a matter of days. I’m worried that it’s going to get too big for that railing. Plus, what happens if we want to repaint or replace the railing?
What would you advise? Should I just live with it and see what happens? Should I prune it hard every year and not allow it to encroach further? I know that it is very difficult to kill wisteria if it should come to that….
I recently pruned it back a bit. These pictures were taken before I pruned.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.